May 24, 2018

Video: Ken Burns Delivers 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities & Interview with Burns

Ken Burns delivered the 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on May 9, 2016 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Description Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns delivered the 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, on the importance of the humanities, and the ongoing significance of race in America. Direct to Video […]

Kansas: Librarians Concerned for Future of Shawnee Mission School Libraries

Note: Shawnee Mission, Kansas is an area located in Johnson County, KS located just across the border from Kansas City, MO. From the Shawnee Dispatch: A Shawnee school librarian represented the concerns of several librarians about the future of libraries in the Shawnee Mission school district. Jan Bombeck, librarian at Ray Marsh Elementary in Shawnee, […]

Free Online Training: Registration For “PubMed for Librarians” (June & July 2016) Now Open

From the National Library of Medicine: Join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for the free online class “PubMed for Librarians.” Classes in June and July 2016 are now open for registration. The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each). Each segment is a […]

EU Commission Publishes Open Digital Science (ODS) Final Study Report

From the European Commission: Open Digital Science (ODS) and Open Science describe new and open practices in science, research and innovation that make extensive use of digital technologies. The use of digital technologies facilitates openness regarding data, methods, results, actors or publications with an emphasis on scalability of the approach in terms of data, access […]

Cultural Heritage: New UN Report Shows World Heritage Icons at Risk from Climate Change


From the UN Environmental Program: Climate change is fast becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage sites, according to the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate” released today [May 26, 2016] by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the […]

Reference: Business: IMD World Competitiveness Rankings 2016 Released

From IMD: The USA has surrendered its status as the world’s most competitive economy after being overtaken by China Hong Kong and Switzerland, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Center. The sheer power of the economy of the USA is no longer sufficient to keep it at the top of the prestigious World Competitiveness Ranking, […]

News Roundup

1. W3C Publishes First Public Working Draft: “Semantic Sensor Network Ontology” 2. Karger Publishers and Dutch Universities Sign Novel Open Access and License Agreement 3.  The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires Collection of Cellist, Composer, and Producer Arthur Russell 4. ORCID and the Australia’s Wonderful National Library of Australia/TROVE Database Celebrate […]

Research: Ten Recently Released Reports, Data Files with Reference Value

Global Aid Transparency Index (via Publish What You Fund) Global Top 250 PR Agency Ranking 2016 (via The Holmes Report) & Global Communications Report (Executive Summary via USC Annenberg/The Holmes Report) Report on Attacks On Health Care In Emergencies (World Health Organization) (16 pages; PDF) UNEP Frontiers 2016 Report: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern (United […]

Institutional Library Budgets Set To Increase 1.4% According to Annual Publishers Communication Group (PCG) Global Survey

From the Publishers Communication Group (Ingenta): Institutional library budgets across the globe will increase by 1.4 per cent overall this year, reports the Annual Library Budget Survey, carried out by the Publishers Communication Group (PCG), Ingenta’s publishing consultancy arm. The worldwide study, which interviewed senior librarians in 686 institutional libraries across the globe about their […]

Georgia State University Library Launches New Digital Collection of Pro-Life Newsletters

From Georgia State University Library Blog: GSU Library has a new digital collection available online, the Pro-Life Newsletter Collection. The collection, part of the Archives for Research on Women and Gender, contains newsletters reflecting the anti-abortion and (to a lesser extent) anti-euthanasia beliefs of various American organizations and individuals. From the Digital Collection’s Homepage: In […]